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Buenos Aires, Argentina

LULACRUZA is an electronic folk duo at the junction of the hypermodern and the ancient. Their music weaves together hypnotic female singing, South American instruments, found sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation. The result is a cross-genre, world-esque music unfolding with mesmerizing vocals, aquatic textures and up-tempo, handcrafted South American rhythms.

Lulacruza is made up of Alejandra Ortiz (Colombia) and Luis Maurette (Argentina). Alejandra is an extraordinary songbird and plays the Colombian cuatro, shruti box, tar and kalimba. Luis Maurette complements with electronic processing and sequencing, as well as percussion, charango, and amazonian flutes. Together they create catchy, powerful and intimate music that is hard to classify, but has been called pop, folk, electronic, latin, ambient, world, new age, ethnic, experimental, and even jazz.

Since meeting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, Lulacruza has independently released 3 albums: Do Pretty! (2006), Soloina (2008) and an EP of remixes called Canta (2009). They have played in over 30 cities in 5 countries, growing steadily since their debut in 2006. Their music has been included in documentaries in Colombia, Argentina and Mexico, as well as compilations in Argentina, Italy, the USA and Venezuela. In 2007, they were chosen Today’s Top Tune in Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW 89.9. In 2008 they were Artists in Residency at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, CA; and were recipients of the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant & the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant for their multidisciplinary performances. In 2009, their second album was included in the prestigious “Club del Disco” catalogue in Argentina.

During the Summer of 2010, they performed throughout the USA with shows in NYC, Miami, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc. They also played the Beloved Festival in Oregon, Denver’s Biennial of the Americas -where they opened for Juana Molina- Priceless Festival and more.

Lulacruza currently share their time between the San Francisco Bay Area (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Bogotá (Colombia). In February they release they much awaited third album, an EP called Circular Tejido, edited by Nature Bliss (Japan) and Acqua Records (Argentina). In March the duo will travel to Colombia with french videographer Vincent Moon to create a visual album that documents Lulacruza’s collaborations with contemporary and traditional folk musicians in different areas of the country.


My Artists Sessions

Thursday, September 27